Palin disses Michelle Obama over 'dessert'
December 20th, 2010
08:32 AM ET
3 years ago

Palin disses Michelle Obama over 'dessert'

(CNN) – Sarah Palin is again taking aim at Michelle Obama over her anti-obesity campaign, taking the opportunity in Sunday's "Sarah Palin's Alaska" to land a diss against the first lady's efforts to improve nutrition.

While making s'mores at one point during Sunday's episode, the former Alaska governor proclaims the marshmallow and chocolate treat is "in honor of Michelle Obama, who said the other day we should not have dessert."

It's not the first time Palin has taken a jab at Mrs. Obama over her campaign to discourage fattening foods, especially from public schools. The former vice presidential nominee told conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham last month that "the first lady cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat."

Palin also hand-delivered cookies to a Pennsylvania school last month before delivering a speech there, saying: "Who should be deciding what I eat? Should it be government or should it be parents? It should be the parents."

Palin's comments Sunday appear to be in reference to a speech Michelle Obama delivered in July, during which she described her own upbringing when it came to food and exercise.

"In the afternoon, there was no way we'd be allowed to lie around the house watching TV," she told the NAACP in a Kansas City speech. "Our parents made us get up and play outside."

"As I tell my kids, dessert is not a right," she added.


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  1. felicia

    Once again here's sarah palin with her trifling tail. The First Lady has not said anything negative or bad about palin. She is one evil twisted woman. I tell you onething palin is a very wicked, perfidious person. It's pure jealousy that she has over the First Lady. "You don't look good in green palin".

    December 20, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. Dustin

    Only in politics can someone attempting to better kid's nutritional value be spun as some type of big brother control. We're the fattest nation in the history of the world, but everything is ok I suppose since the brilliant that is Sarah Palin said so.

    December 20, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. Palin Lover

    Oh Sarah, you stupid women. Have another twinkle

    December 20, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. Constructive Discourse

    Michelle Obama has one hundred times the class as the quitting, gramatically impaired, fish-clubbing, and intellectually stunted Palin. In my state 40% of the kids in one city's public schools are obese. The U.S. military is having to turn away record numbers of recruits because they are simply too overweight to be effective soldiers. The question is do we do absolutely nothing, ignore the problem, and let it get worse as the one-track-mind "government is always bad" Palin would suggest? Or, do we take the iniative and try to do someting about it before it becomes an even more serious problem? It may seem like a "no-brainer" that we need to eat better, but OBVIOUSLY not everybody is getting that message or is able to make the dietary changes needed. On top of that, it is much more difficult for poor families to afford fresh fruits and vegetables which can be rather expensive when a packaged macaroni and cheese dinner or a fast food burger can be bought for 99 cents. There is nothing wrong with the government stepping in to correct an obvious problem that threatens our country in terms of military readiness and the health costs of so many obese people. That is exactly what government is for. It would be irresponsible and stupid to sit back and do nothing. Of course, irresponsible and stupid describe Palin rather well.

    December 20, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. Stephen

    I love how Sarah Palin says "Who should be deciding what I eat? Should it be government or should it be parents? It should be the parents." while herself deciding to feed these kids cookies without allowing the parents to decide.

    And perhaps she should take a look at the absolutely frightening obesity statistics in our country. What we're doing isn't working America!

    December 20, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. Mike

    She really doesn't get it, does she.

    December 20, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. gus

    This moron is truly the dumbest woman I’ve ever know of. It is an insult even to a 5th grader to be this stupid.

    December 20, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  8. mfn57

    CNN is addicted to Sarah Palin. Is there a day when anything she says does not make the "ticker"? Sheesh, she's the dessert you wish you could resist, but can't. :)

    December 20, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. Joshua Ludd

    Yeah, because encouraging good nutrition in the fattest, sickest first world nation in the world is a bad thing.

    December 20, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  10. Diane Glasser

    Sarah Palin is a totally ignorant person. I am a nurse and have worked in Pediatrics and OB units. I see the terrible consequences of obesity. Palin should stop trying to practice medicine without a license. Has she no moral judgment the damage she is doing with her stupid comments. She needs to stay in Alaska and hide out in an igloo where she can contemplate all the irrational statements she has made. Maybe in 10 years she might come out and see the light of day.

    December 20, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. Bob from PA

    As usual when Palin opens her mouth just just makes things worse. Keep opening your mouth up Sarah because more people are realizing nothing has really ever come out worth listening to.

    December 20, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. mbvgl

    Sarah Palin is sickening. When 67% of Americans are overweight or obese, people must speak out. We are so damned fat that the military is turning away potential recruits because of the weight issue. If Americans ate right, got off their duffs and moved, then you'd see a lot of health issues dissipate. Michelle Obama is not advocating that government dictate to us what we should eat. But you must admit, looking at all of the fat kids we've got, the parents have not been doing what's right. Leave it to Palin to politicize an issue like this. Sarah Palin herself has fat and it's all in that head of hers, right where her brains should be.

    December 20, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. Lillie

    Palin makes very little sense..... and when we have the majority of our kids overweight today, how in the world can she justify dissing the First Lady's effort of positive change at America's dinner table!! Its beyond me and most of America.......and if Palin likes the knowledge of the obesity problem in the lower 48...then she needs to visit schools/colleges across the country or observe a few bus stops to see it for herself ! !

    December 20, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  14. john

    Its astounding that this woman can be so petty. Nothing intelligent ever comes out of her mouth..

    December 20, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  15. Stephan

    Yeah, so the cornerstone plank of the Palin platform is obviously – let your kids get fat if you wanna – it's all good. And if you have issues later in life you can always count on Palin-care.

    December 20, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  16. Mike

    Could Palin be any more ignorant? Does she really want to pick this fight and defend serving junk food in public schools? Her criticism of the government as a source of nothing good extends to criticising even public relations campaigns that encourage healthy living. It's not just that she thinks the government can't do anthing positive, she doesn't WANT it to do anything positive.

    December 20, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  17. Kassie

    Sarah Palin is a nut...much too immature and with way too much dysfunction in her own household...to ever be responsible enough to be President of the United States. Her choices of attack even at this stage of the gane are just a sad precursor of things to come (and not better things) if she really runs in 2012. Pray that she changes her mind before then!

    December 20, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  18. jc

    When did Mrs. Obama EVER say we shouldnt have desserts? She is one of those people who say I'll eat what ever I want, and demand government to make sure medicine for diabetes is a right as well.

    December 20, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  19. bill

    This woman has completely lost it.

    December 20, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  20. Judy

    Maybe if Sarah had a better diet she wouldn't have that prop she slings over her shoulder

    December 20, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  21. Kim

    I would like to add to my last comment by saying that Palin is acting like Michelle Obama is trying to dictate policy when she is really just raising awareness. Arguing against raising awareness of the importance of a healthy diet and exercise for kids is like arguing against raising awareness of the importance of literacy. Did anyone criticize Laura Bush's literacy campaign by saying, "It should be the parents who decide if their kids learn to read"?

    December 20, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  22. Val

    Great job, Gov. Palin; Americans are dying at record rates from obesity and cancer and yet YOU are affronted by the First Lady's efforts to get us and our children eating healthier. What a deplorable attitude.

    December 20, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  23. Joel

    Will someone PLEASE shut this idiot up. Why doesn't someone ask her why her kids aren't in school when she parades them around at book signings?

    December 20, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  24. kstephe

    What is that woman's problem??

    December 20, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. RICKFROMPA

    This woman is really incredibly stupid! A vast majority of he American population is "over weight" including today's teenagers. The parents should decide what their children should eat – well if the parents are obese then so are their children. These young people should receive "healthy foods" while at school and be taught to take better care of themselves. The military is also suffering because 1 out of every 3 potential inductees are overweight and cannot enter the Armed Forces.

    December 20, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
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